The time has come for us to vote for the winners of our official September "Forests" photo contest! This contest saw some 82 submissions, meaning that in the voting thread, you may select up to 8 of your favorite photos.
All forum members are invited to vote, and voting will remain open for three weeks. Once the voting thread closes, the top three photos will be the winners!
Now that a week has passed since the end of Photokina, we've finished posting about news from the Pentax Ricoh booth and can go back to business as usual. And that means that it's time for a new official photo contest theme for October!
The theme for our October photo contest will be one that will let you take advantage of the full potential of the weather sealing of your Pentax gear: "The Outdoors".
Good luck, and stay tuned for the announcement of our August winners and the voting thread for our September "Forests" submissions!
The time has come for us to vote and determine the winners of the official PentaxForums.com August, 2012 "Fences" photo contest! We have just posted the poll thread in our voting forum. Everyone is invited to vote, and the poll will remain open for three weeks. Good luck to everyone who entered!
Once inside the thread, scroll through the photos and pick up to 14 that you think deserve to win, and then check the checkboxes at the top of the page with your choices. Be sure to log in, as otherwise you will not be able to see the checkboxes. The top 3 photos receiving the most votes will be the winners!
Lastly, please don't forget that you can also enter in this month's "Forests" photo contest through the end of September.
Time is flying, and it's already time for our next monthly photo contest! The theme for the official PentaxForums.com September, 2012 photo contest will be "Forests." This contest is open to everyone, and as long as your submission is taken with a Pentax camera, you will be eligible to win some great prizes:
- 1st place: $100 B&H gift card
- 2nd place: $50 B&H gift card
- 3rd place: premium photo paper from Red River Paper
Good luck! This contest closes at the end of the month.
It's now time to take a look at how the winning photo from our official July "Motion" photo contest was made. The photographer, forum member TOUGEFC, has provided us with personal commentary on how he shot the photo. But first, let's take a look at the equipment and settings used for this photo.
Equipment & Settings Used
- Camera: Pentax K-5 (Hand-held)
- Lens: SMC Pentax-DA 15mm F4 Limited
- Shutter Speed: 1/30s
- Aperture: F8
- ISO: 200
- Post-Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3
(Commentary by the author)
First of all was to pre-focus my subject (my son in this case) at arms length, and then once that's set, turn off AF. Next was to set my settings. I wanted a slow-ish shutter speed slow enough to blur the background but fast enough to still be able to get a sharp shot hand holding, so I set it to 1/30s and choose an aperture of F8 for good depth of feild and optimum sharpness. I adjusted the ISO to suit (in this case ISO 200).
Next up was taking the shot. It was a lot harder than it looks to get a sharp shot, the trick is too take many. I held the camera against my chest and tried very hard to keep it very solid with my body and had to try and spin my son in sync with my body. It did take quite a few attempts to get a keeper.
There wasn't a lot of post-processing: first up there was some recovery followed by a white balance correction. I also boosted the contrast and saturation a bit, and then I applied some vignetting and finished it off with a standard sharpen. All done in Lightroom 3.
Now, let's take a look at the before-and-after shots!
We're very happy to be announcing the winners of our official July, 2012 "Motion" photo contest, who submitted three very impressive photographs!
In first place was forum member TOUGEFC with "Spin Me", which he took with a Pentax K-5 and a DA 15mm F4 Limited lens. The photo, shown below, is now also being featured in our Premier Gallery, where you can leave a comment if you'd like!
The theme for the official PentaxForums.com photo contest for August will be "Fences." Take part for a chance to win $150 in gift cards from B&H Photo, as well as a pack of premium photo paper from Red River Paper!
Additionally, we'd like to invite you to vote for the winners of last month's "Motion" photo contest, which saw over 180 submissions! Click here to vote, and thanks in advance for helping us determine the winners! Good luck to our participants!
Just a few days ago, we announced that James Ables's photo "Reflecting the Future" was the winner of our ofiicial June "Shadows" photo contest. Today, the author would like to tell us a little bit about how this photo was shot and processed.
Equipment & Settings Used
- Pentax K-r (Hand-Held)
- Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM
- Shutter speed: 1/640s
- Aperture: F8
- ISO: 200
- Shooting mode: Av
- File format: RAW
"I always shoot in raw with Adobe 1998 color space. I processed in Lightroom 3. First I adjusted the White Balance then pulled in highlights with recovery and negative exposure. Next I lightened the shadows with Fill-light slider. I balanced color saturation with each individual color and then pushed up vibrance a bit and some brightness. Lastly, I sharpen according to which ISO I'm shooting at then reduce noise and balance them till I'm satisfied. My interest in the shot was the sun rising and shining its light, creating long shadows and bouncing its light off of the glass doors. I love how the light cuts through its own shadows. A very interesting picture."
Here is the original photo: